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George Washington still most-admired Founder, says poll

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American adults shows that 43% say George Washington is the greatest founding father of our country, up 11 points from last year.

Thomas Jefferson comes in second with 24% who see him has the greatest found father, followed by Benjamin Franklin with 16%.

Just five percent (5%) see both John Adams and James Madison as the greatest founding fathers. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Washington has been at the top of this list since 2006.

Data released earlier shows that Americans continue to strongly believe in the nation’s founding ideals articulated in the Declaration of Independence. While most believe that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed, only 23% believe the federal government today has such consent.


In fact, 45% believe that the gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them is now as big as the gap between the American colonies and England during the 18th Century.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    George Washington Quotes on God and Jesus Christ

    “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

    “You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.”

    “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Thomas Jefferson did believe in a “Creator”, whom he thought brought the natural universe into being. He did not believe that Jesus was the son of God and claimed that Jesus never said he was. He admired the moral teaching of Jesus, but argued that generations of clergy had perverted the simple humanity of Jesus the reformer & turned him in a messiah, and invented the myth that he had died to redeem mankind’s sins. He thought the Immaculate Conception was a fable. And IMO, it is important to know that this Founding Father,
    Jefferson was determined to never admit religion into any institutions of the public realm. My #1 favorite of the founders.

    Good article in Newsweek this week—source of above info.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    Jefferson attended church in the House of Reps every Sunday he also led prayer in Congress plus he got along with everyone else. He owned slaves and impregnated many of them not including them as a part of his family with no family rights or inheritance. Yeah I can see why some would consider him their fav, I personally liked them all even though they probably would not like me other than as a slave but what they did against the odds they faced was pretty awesome. Still most were Christian and many clergy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LutheranChik

    Not to diminish Washington’s stature as a Founding Father — he was a pretty remarkable individual — but I wonder how many of the people polled have actually read biographies of Washington, and how many of them simply voted for the name that was most familiar to them? (The same way that “Most Admired” polls tend to reflect whichever vaguely philanthropic celebrity du jour has the most name recognition among the public.) Considering how the teaching of history has been downgraded in public schools, I’m surprised that many people even know who George Washington is. Or maybe they don’t — maybe the name just reminds them of a street or a school. “Duh….he musta been important…” Not that I’m cynical.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Yup, “George Washington, Washington D.C. Must be a connection, I’ll vote for him.”

    We can all be grateful for what the founders did, though, including founding a nation with no mention of a “god” in the Constitution. It’s been a much more peaceful and successful nation that way.

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